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 Atlanta ...

AtlantaIrish (In Buckhead)



This place pours a terrific stout.  Have that with some corned beef and cabbage and you've got a satisfying meal.  (I find their vegetables to be a bit over-salty.)

... turns out to be a chain, but not a bad choice.




AtlantaSeafood (In Buckhead)


The Steam House

This place kind of overflows when it gets busy, despite having three distinct spaces.  If weather permits, sit upstairs on the outside porch and order some steamed seafood.

I am impressed that their seafood comes out rustic and doesn't have that salty taste that you get at chains (like around the corner at Joe's Crab Shack -- which I'd never recommend).







The Flying Biscuit

The sad part is that we couldn't try everything here.

Great biscuits, great eggs, great potatoes, great grits, great sausage, great country scramble, great sweet potato pancakes.    ...     We'll be back to try more as soon as we can.






Atlanta (Lilburn): BBQ


Spiced Right

Here is a place that is rustic/simple ... the kind of place where if you are with a group, you all might get a different kind of glass.  BUT, it is all about the 'Q and it is simple and good.

It is buffet style -- go for the pulled pork, collards and stew.


5364 Lawrenceville Highway NW
Lilburn, Georgia 30047-5952






AtlantaCountry Cookin


Mary Mac's Tea Room

Real down home country cooking in a tea room setting.

Have the fried chicken.








Chopped pork doesn't get any better than here.  The ribs were awesome.  The cornbread is terrific.

I would have had more, but I might have run out of superlatives.




AtlantaHard to Explain



Dante's Down the Hatch

This place caught my attention when I drove by on a Sunday because it is downstairs, in the back of a deserted office building.  It had the feel of a place that had to be good.

We went in on a Sunday night to hear music and were surprised to find a replica a some kind of an old pirate ship or something.  Pretty campy -- but well maintained ...

An eclectic menu had fondue, stew, dumplings, and some other items that you'd not expect on the same menu.

A worthwhile place -- that judging by the pictures in the lobby -- has a long-time, faithful following.

Mediocre bar.




AtlantaBreakfast (In Buckhead)


OK Cafe

Here is a place that does breakfast right.

Lines -- even on weekdays -- dramatize the worth-the-wait food.

Good basic Southern Fare. 

Blueberry pancakes, baked ham, home fries, biscuits ...





Atlanta White Tablecloth


Pano's and Paul's

Have the fried lobster ... really.

This is a tie for my favorite white-tablecloth restaurant in the US!

This place gets everything right.  A great bar, excellent service, everything on the menu is superb.  I've been known to order the fried lobster for an appetizer and then have it as an entree.







Rolling Bones

Awesome, consistent BBQ.

I way over indulged.  Ribs were just right, chicken was fall-off-the-bone.

Hard to find.  Downtown.




Atlanta Honorable Mentions:

I've been to The Varsity, it is a local classic ... without the benefit of appreciating the tradition, I can say I don't quite get it -- but they do serve a decent bill of fare.  There is also an Original Pancake Kitchen a bit north of Buckhead.  Cafe Tu' Tu' Tango in Buckhead is a place unlike any other it is a busy bar and restaurant (although I don't think I've ever eaten there) the place is a happening art gallery with a lot going on.

Up in Gwinnett, there is a Corky's.  I may have hit it on a bad day -- the ribs were dry, the bartender was friendly and did a nice job, salvaging the experience.  If you are gonna resort to a chain, I'd suggest the Smokey Bones next door.

A Hotel:

We like the Beverly Hills Inn in Buckhead.

Atlanta Dishonorable Mentions:

We went to see a show at The Tabernacle theatre.  The show was great, but for some reason they allow patrons to smoke in their seats during the show.  As non-smokers, we were miserable, no matter where we moved to when someone lit up because sooner or later someone else would.

I was traveling with a friend who's room at the Airport Hilton got broken into -- while she was sleeping.  I got the feeling from the way the hotel handled the matter, that this is just the chance you take when you stay there. 


Braselton: BBQ



The Smoke House











Suwannee: BBQ


Bonus Photo:




#2 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024






HamptonGreasy spoon for breakfast



M&M Biscuit

My spoon was really greasy there.  Get a great country breakfast on the way to the track.






Marietta: Downtown Restaurant and Bar




I just stopped in for drinks and an appetizer.  Nice people, the food looked good.


Pictured: Faith the bartender.   











Bone's in Buckhead (white tablecloth) for steak. 

Also the Buckhead Diner

Thanks Laurie.